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1 (To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.) Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

3 The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:

4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?

5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.

6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

Commentary for Psalms 12

The psalmist begs help of God, because there were none among men whom he durst trust.

- This psalm furnishes good thoughts for bad times; a man may comfort himself with such meditations and prayers. Let us see what makes the times bad, and when they may be said to be so. Ask the children of this world, What makes the times bad? they will tell you, Scarcity of money, decay of trade, and the desolations of war, make the times bad: but the Scripture lays the badness of the times on causes of another nature, #2Ti 3:1, &c.|: perilous times shall come, for sin shall abound; and of this David complains. When piety decays times really are bad. He who made man's mouth will call him to an account for his proud, profane, dissembling, or even useless words. When the poor and needy are oppressed, then the times are very bad. God himself takes notice of the oppression of the poor, and the sighing of the needy. When wickedness abounds, and is countenanced by those in authority, then the times are very bad. See with what good things we are here furnished for such bad times; and we cannot tell what times we may be reserved for. 1. We have a God to go to, from whom we may ask and expect the redress of all our grievances. 2. God will certainly punish and restrain false and proud men. 3. God will work deliverance for his oppressed people. His help is given in the fittest time. Though men are false, God is faithful; though they are not to be trusted, God is. The preciousness of God's word is compared to silver refined to the highest degree. How many proofs have been given of its power and truth! God will secure his chosen remnant, however bad the times are. As long as the world stands, there will be a generation of proud and wicked men. But all God's people are put into the hands of Christ our Saviour; there they are in safety, for none can pluck them thence; being built on Him, the Rock, they are safe, notwithstanding temptation or persecution come with ever so much force upon them.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 12

  • Steve morrow
    psalm 12:1 help LORD for the godly man ceaseth for the faithful fail from among the children of men 12:2 they speak vanity every one with his neighbor with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak
  • Steve morrow
    psalm 12:3 the LORD shall cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaketh proud things 12:4 WHO HAVE SAID WITH OUR TONGUE WILL WE PREVAIL OUR LIPS ARE OUR OWN --- WHO IS LORD OVER US ---
  • Dwayne
    It is a psalm that draws us closer to God, as a god that we can depend. when all else fails and all others forsake us. He will be there. He is our God.
  • Geraldine Cole
  • Mark Young
    Dear Friends, This ALL Powerful and Convicting Verse in The Great Book of Psalms 12:5 Found In The King James Version Holy Bible, Clearly Reveals The Willingness of The ALMIGHTY Presences and Actions of The HOLY SPIRIT of GOD in ALL of Our Lives... What A Shining Example of What WE ALL Should Be Doing To Care For Our Fellow Brothers, Sisters and Neighbors Internally and Externally To Our Communities Beyond... Praise The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY For ALL of His Blessings From Above Merry Christmas!!!
  • Steve morrow
    psalm 12:2 they speak vanity every one with his neighbor with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak jude 1:16 these are murmerers complainers walking after their own lusts and their mouth speaketh great swelling words having mens persons in admiration because of advantage acts 20:30 also of your own selves shall men arise speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after them john 8:45 and because I tell the truth you believe ME not
  • David
    Iam amazed today how so many claim to know a God ? What God ? The God of allah ?the God of Buddah ? The God of Hindus ? So many Gods , God of the Hebrews ? This God name has become universal : it fits into satans end time agenda to bring altogether as one ; be not not deceived : the only true name given among men whereby they must be saved will only come by the name of JESUS CHRIST ( The Son ) !!
  • BSP
    We see the wicked walking about freely everywhere as verse 8 shows because moral corruptedness is promoted.

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The words of the Lord are like refined silver, purified how many times?
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